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Boating Education and Operator Certification/License
ALABAMA BOAT OPERATORS
NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 12 YEARS MAY OPERATE ANY MOTORIZED VESSEL(INCLUDES PERSONAL WATERCRAFT, SUCH AS A SEA DOO, WAVERUNNER ETC.) ON ALABAMA'S WATERWAYS.
CERTIFICATION / LICENSE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALABAMA RESIDENTS:
** Must be 12 years old or older to be eligible for a vessel operator's license, but cannot operate alone until the age of 14.
** Operators 12 or 13 years old, after obtaining the vessel operator's license, can only operate if there is someone 21 years old or older on board, who also has a vessel operator's license in possession, and is seated in a position to take immediate control of the vessel if necessary.
** Operators 14 years old or older, after obtaining the vessel operator's license, may legally operate without supervision.
**NOTE: The operator certification/license must be in possession at time of operation.
CERTIFICATION / LICENSE REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-RESIDENTS:
** Non-residents 12 years old and older, may operate on Alabama waters up to 45 days per calendar year without having to obtain a vessel operator's license. If operating a vessel for more than 45 days per calendar year, the non-resident must get an Alabama Non-Resident Vessel Operator's License. Non-residents who have obtained a vessel certification or license from their home state, may use that in lieu of the Alabama Non-Resident Vessel Operator's License.
HOWEVER: Non-resident vessel operators 12 or 13 years old, can only operate if there is someone 21 years old or older on board, who either has a valid vessel operator's license in possession or falls under the 45 day exemption period because of non-residency staus, and who is seated in a position to take immediate control of the vessel if necessary.
** Non-residents 14 years old or older, may legally operate without supervision.
How to Obtain Boat Operators Certification/License:
2. Make application and pay appropriate fee ($5.00).
3. Answer medical questions.
4. Successfully complete written/oral exam, or show proof of exemption (boating course certificate of completion or age exemption) .
5. Take proper form to Probate or License Commissioners office to have the “V” class placed on driver’s license
Proof of Age: All minors must furnish a certified copy of their birth certificate, their original social security card, and a certified statement from the superintendent of the school which the person attends containing name, date of birth and address.
How To Obtain a Duplicate Boat Operator's Certificate:
Cost per dulplicate is $5.00 payable by cash, certified check or money order.
Send written request to: Alabama Marine Police 64 North Union Street Room 438 Montgomery, Al 36130. Please include name, social security number or birthdate, date of class (if known; approximate year of class if date not known), location of class, and mailing address.
You may contact Katrina Fortson with the Alabama Marine Police at firstname.lastname@example.org, (334) 353-7545 or 1-800-272-7930 or Lisa Miles at email@example.com (334) 242-3683 or 1-800-272-7930 with questions on certificates or to verify information on certification database.
Exemptions From Examination Requirements:
NOTE: Boating course certificates or motor boat operator’s license must be presented to the license examiner at the time of making application.